Bethanie Mattek-Sands advances

Updated: January 9, 2012, 8:07 AM ET
Associated Press

HOBART, Australia -- Bethanie Mattek-Sands recovered from an early break to beat 15-year-old Wimbledon junior champion Ashleigh Barty 6-2, 6-2 Monday to advance to the second round of the Hobart International.

Mattek-Sands, who played for the United States at the Hopman Cup last week and was a finalist here last year, will next play Romania's Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea.

Top-seeded Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium advanced 7-5, 6-4 over New Zealander Marina Erakovic and fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany defeated Elena Vesnina of Russia 6-2, 6-4.

In other results at the Australian Open tuneup, Sara Errani of Italy beat Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-3, 6-3 and Australia's Casey Dellacqua fended off Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.


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